Carl Icahn

  • American businessman
  • Born February 16, 1936

Carl Celian Icahn (; born February 16, 1936) is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder and controlling shareholder of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified conglomerate holding company based in New York City, formerly known as American Real Estate Partners. He is also Chairman of Federal-Mogul, an American developer, manufacturer and supplier of powertrain components and vehicle safety products. In the 1980s Icahn developed a reputation as a "corporate raider" after profiting from the hostile takeover and asset stripping of the American airline TWA.

When you have no one to answer to, vendetta as investment strategy is as legitimate as anything.

Don't go in and tell somebody else how to run their business.

You learn in this business: It you want a friend, get a dog.

I like winning. There's also a certain joy in it. I feel fulfilled by it.

I'm a cynic about corporate democracy and boards.

In 2008, people who invested in hedge funds needed capital badly, but many of the funds would not return their money. However, I gave money back to any investor who requested it. It was the bottom of the market and a pretty tough time.

Anyone that makes me a quarter of a billion dollars, I like.

My wife watches me like a hawk.

I enjoy the hunt much more than the 'good life' after the victory.